Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

Ellen Nakashima

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Recent articles by Ellen:

Federal prosecutors seek dismissal of grant fraud charges against MIT professor

Collapse of case against Gang Chen is another blow for Justice Department’s controversial China Initiative. → Read More

Data of several Ukrainian government agencies is wiped in cyberattack

Ukraine said it suspects Russia is behind the attack and another that defaced government websites. → Read More

Microsoft discovers destructive malware on several Ukrainian government agency networks

If triggered, the malware wipes computers of data, rendering systems inoperable. → Read More

Biden administration places top Chinese military institute on export blacklist over its use of surveillance, brain-control technology

The Biden administration said Thursday it is adding China’s top military medical research institute to an export blacklist in response to concerns about Beijing’s use of emerging technologies such as biometrics and brain-control weapons in ways that U.S. officials say threaten national security. → Read More

Alan Paller, early leader in cybersecurity awareness, dies at 76

He co-created the SANS Institute, the world’s foremost nongovernment cybersecurity training program. → Read More

Biden’s new cyber czar is pushing for collective defense inside government and out

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis is laying out a strategic vision for the new office inside the White House that he heads. → Read More

U.S. officials caution companies about risks of working with Chinese entities in AI and biotech

Collaborate smartly in key emerging technologies and mitigate risks, counterintelligence officials urge businesses. → Read More

Pentagon IG finds ‘no improper influence’ in hiring of Michael Ellis as NSA general counsel

The report also found that the placement of Ellis on administrative leave shortly after he assumed the position was appropriate. → Read More

Commerce Department announces new rule aimed at stemming sale of hacking tools to repressive governments

The rule, which takes effect in 90 days, covers spyware such as Pegasus. → Read More

China’s test of hypersonic vehicle is part of a program to rapidly expand strategic and nuclear systems

Recent advances put China ahead of the United States in some emerging military technologies, analysts say. → Read More

Biden administration holds meeting on ransomware threat with more than 30 nations and E.U.

Countries including India, Brazil and Ukraine agreed to work together to fight a form of cybercrime that has paralyzed computer systems from hospitals to pipelines. → Read More

TSA to impose cybersecurity mandates on major rail and subway systems

The move follows cyber regulations on pipeline companies in the wake of disruptive ransomware attacks. → Read More

U.S. aims to thwart ransomware attacks by cracking down on crypto payments

The Treasury Department wants to disrupt the financial underpinnings of the ransomware ecosystem by cutting off the flow of money to hackers. → Read More

Kansas professor says FBI misled court in alleging hidden ties to Chinese government

An agent knew an informant lied but still pursued a case against the Chinese-born academic, a motion alleged. → Read More

The anatomy of a ransomware attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses. → Read More

Biden’s domestic terrorism strategy details unprecedented focus on homegrown threats

New measures targeting the extreme right represent “a sea change in counterterrorism” after two decades battling Islamist militants. → Read More

Feds recovers millions in ransomware payments from Colonial Pipeline hackers

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for Department of Justice. → Read More

U.S. government denies disrupting Russian ransomware ring that hacked Colonial Pipeline

Officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity, said military cyber operators did not undertake such an action nor had any other U.S. agency. → Read More

Biden signs executive order designed to strengthen federal digital defenses

The order comes as the administration grapples with cybersecurity crises, including a ransomware strike on a major fuel pipeline that has caused gas shortages. → Read More

Federal court approved FBI’s continued use of warrantless surveillance power despite repeated violations of privacy rules

A November 2020 ruling made public Monday found FBI violations of FISA privacy rules. → Read More